2020 Trunk or Treat
Each year for Halloween, the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism coordinates the Downtown Iola Trunk or Treat on the downtown square. Decorated and candy-filled trunks will line the streets ready to treat the ghouls, goblins, fairies, princesses, and superheroes of every kind! Each year the Trunk or Treat is bigger and better than ever!
COVID-19 has postponed or canceled many events for kids this year. We hope by implementing the following procedures that our community will be able to host a fun and safe Halloween and giving some normalcy to an event cherished by kids and families. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iola Area Chamber asks for cooperation with the following procedures:
----- Mandatory Mask Up: We ask that everyone mask up at Trunk or Treat to ward off COVID-19. All trick or treaters over age 2 and their accompanying adults should wear a mask. Some costume masks may be protective enough to serve as a COVID mask. This also includes anyone who is hosting a trunk or volunteering to help.
----- Outside and Socially Distant: The CDC has said that outdoor activities are lower risk than indoor ones. Cars on the square will be spaced as much as possible, keeping two-three parking spots empty in between each trunk. This year we will also be backing trunks up to the inside of the square and having trick-or-treaters utilize the sidewalk on the inside of the square. We hope this change will allow us to use more space on the downtown square to keep lines from bottlenecks and allow for more social distancing.
------ Candy During COVID: All treats at trunks must be pre-packaged snacks or candy AND must be handed to the trick or treaters by trunk hosts who will be required to wear gloves when handing out candy.
------ Keep It Clean and Sanitized: We highly recommend that trick or treaters, kids, and their parents have hand sanitizer on them and should use it throughout the event.
------ Trunk or Treat To Go: Though difficult, it may be best to have kids wait until they get home to enjoy their treats. Have them wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and maybe even wipe down the wrappers before diving in.
You can participate in this 2020 Trunk or Treat in MANY different ways:
------ Bring your kids and costumes and trick-or-treat at the candy stuffed, decorated trunks on the downtown Iola square
------ Decorate a Halloween trunk and bring lots of candy to hand out to the kids in costumes
------ Donate candy to the Iola Area Chamber to provide more treats for the visiting trick-or-treaters
(monetary donations accepted as well - see bottom of this page for more information)
MAKE A DONATION
Iola area businesses. organizations and community members are welcome to help our Iola area kids have a fun and safe evening of trick-or-treating by donating to the event. Candy can be donated by visiting the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce office at 205 E Madison, Iola, just inside the east entrance of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
By making a monetary donation for the Chamber to purchase candy for trunks at the event.